Austrian Energy Partnerships with Countries in Central and Eastern Europe

In the policy of the European Union, the Member States and other European countries, questions related to climate policy, sustainable energy and security of supply present important challenges. A good basis for cooperation between countries is a prerequisite in order to these challenges together.

The Austrian Energy Partnerships with countries in Central and Eastern Europe, which were partly introduced in the early 1990s by the federal government, are a successful example of how such a base can be constructed to deepen cooperation.

The energy partnerships are coordinated and expertly supervised by the Austrian Energy Agency (AEA) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism (BMNT). At present there are energy partnerships with the following countries:

  • Bulgaria
  • Romania
  • Slovak Republic
  • Czech Republic
  • Ukraine
  • Belarus

Overall, the thematic content of the cooperation will focus on the following topics:

  • sustainable, environmentally friendly and energy efficient power supply systems,
  • efficient technologies for generating electricity (e.g. cogeneration),
  • use of renewable energy sources (biomass, biogas, solar energy, hydropower and wind power), and
  • consumer-side energy efficiency measures (especially in the area of power consumption).

The cooperation with the partner countries is carried out within the framework of the energy partnerships on three levels, namely:

  1. information exchange and networking activities,
  2. policy consulting, and
  3. demonstration projects.